Reina anticipates. Some might say she has trouble waiting. Others claim she just wants to trouble waiting. Reina lives in Fort Greene, loves both Fort Greene cemetery & Fort Greene Park, and recently realized these two are one in the same. And that neither one was built as reparations for the Middle Passage…yet. Reina anticipates. twitter: @reinagossett
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SRLP is looking for applicants for the following open positions: The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is seeking a Director of Grassroots Fundraising (Posted July 8, 2013) Mission: The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and […]
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We are writing to let you know of a community member who needs support after going through a major health crisis. Many of you know Egyptt, a long time activist and advocate for low income, trans communities of color.
Egyptt was formerly co-coordinator of Trans Justice at the Audre Lorde Project. Prior to her work at ALP she was a crucial member of the Queers for Economic Justice Welfare Warriors group where she lead the way fighting transphobia within New York City’s welfare agency: the Human Resources Administration. Because of Egyptt’s work NYC’s Human Resources Administration has adopted its first ever transgender non discrimination policy, which Egyptt helped implement through many trainings of New York City employees.
Additionally Egyptt has been a long time advocate at Housing Works advocating to have New York State pass the Gender Employment Non Discrimination Act (GENDA). She is also a brilliant performer, frequently showcasing her talent at the Housing Works fashion shows and many Trans Day of Remembrance events. Egyptt is now unemployed and has lost her apartment in Harlem.
We are turning to you, our community, to support Egyptt as she navigates this challenging moment. We want to raise 10,000 for Egyptt to get back some of what she has lost in the last few months. She needs resources to get back into housing, to replace lost possessions, and to cover outstanding healthcare costs.
With deep appreciation, Reina Gossett, Pooja Gehi, & Dean Spade
Kyra Kruz, who was recently murdered in Philadelphia, with my sibling Che Gossett.
"Kyra Kruz and I at Pride 2011, looking magical and fabulous! (She did everyone’s makeup and designed all the costumes for the parade theme). Her life was violently taken last week. Anguish and outrage about routinely learning of trans women of color who’s lives are prematurely ended by anti-trans violence, be it interpersonal or institutional. Honored to have known Kyra, to have laughed with her, briefly organized a sex worker support group with her, worked in queer and/or trans spaces with her, she brought so much brilliant light and love!"
Come support an amazing organization!! And help organize our 10 year anniversary! This is a great opportunity for folks who want to learn how to help generate resources for a progressive organization that increases the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming.
Plus we’d get to hang out and talk about GENDER FABULOUS FALL FASHION, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, China Mieville, Octavia Butler and other science fiction amazingness. (optional but strongly suggested).
its incredible to see how many people reblog the Sylvia Rivera video and how many feel so strongly about her words!
someone recently reblogged the video with commentary and it made me realize that folks who haven’t been following my blog might not have seen the many Sylvia Rivera/STAR related work that i’ve posted over the past year. so i decided to repost the Sylvia Rivera Ten Year Memorial. please share if the spirit moves you!
The spirit was gone from her body Forever had always been inside That shell had always been intertwined And now were disintwined It’s hard to understand
I am pursued by questions of historical process, of historical responsibility, questions of historical consciousness & ignorance & what these have to do with power.
Historical amnesia is starvation of the imagination; nostalgia is the imagination’s sugar rush, leaving depression and emptiness in its wake.Breaking silences, telling our tales, is not enough.We can value that process –and the courage it may require –without believing that it is an end in itself.Historical responsibility has, after all, to do with action –where we place the weight of our existences on the line, cast our lot with others, move from an individual consciousness to a collective one.
(photo by Randy Wicker. text from Antony Hegarty’s the Spirit Was, Adrienne Rich’s Resisting Amnesia. )
come celebrate my birthday with me this Thursday at SRLP’s (iced) Coffee Talk!
July 19th, 6.30 til at least 8:30, Karaoke Celebration!
Get your 15 minutes of fame. Ok, more like 5 minutes on the microphone. Maybe you can sing well or maybe you can’t. It doesn’t matter to us! Swing by to eat food or bring food to share. Feel free to belt out your favorite tune, show off your best back up dancing moves or just enjoy watching.
Oh, and while you’re here we’d like your help prioritizing the topic for our upcoming, Trans Agenda forum in September. This is all about getting together sheme and dream and have some Summertime FUN!
Coffee Talk is a FREE ongoing discussion series that centers the lives and experiences of low income trans, intersex, gender non conforming people as well as trans, intersex and gender non conforming people of color. Allies welcome!
Come on over!
147 W 24th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY Building has elevator Trains: C/M/R/N/F/1
These events are FREE. Light refreshments and Metrocards provided.
We don’t dispute the ‘accusation’ of male privilege because we’re dumb, bad feminists, or incapable of interpreting our experience. We don’t have different opinions out of a lack of knowledge about oppression. We know our own lives, and have more options as feminists than to submit to non- trans woman authority and do its bidding.
Cis women’s and trans male spectrum people’s repeated and patronizing explanations of what our experience clearly must have been and is like bears a striking resemblance, both in form and effect, to patriarchial dominance